A few industrial businesses located on Shilshole Avenue Northwest in Ballard have spent thousands of dollars on attorneys and lobbyists to prevent the missing link of the Burke-Gilman Trail from being completed in front of their businesses so they can continue to control and use public property for their own personal and private business purposes. The 20-mile, regional trail from Seattle’s Golden Gardens Park to the Sammamish River Trail in Bothell is complete except for a 1.4-mile segment through Ballard. Here are the scare tactics and untrue statements they continue repeating in an effort to promote an alternative route to complete the missing Link, although they contradict the facts supported by numerous studies that they demanded and the city commissioned: Big trucks and bikes sharing the road is unsafe: Supporters of the trail agree! That’s why we support a separate, protected and safe trail located outside of the roadway (on the public right of way), which would … [Read more...] about The Burke-Gilman missing link: Real vs. alternative facts
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BOTHELL — Now in its final selling stage, Dawson Square has eight remaining luxury townhomes, two of which are complete and ready for immediate move-in. This weekend kicks off “The Choice is Yours,” a sales event offering limited-time incentives. Homebuyers in September will be given $20,000 to use as they wish, including rate buy-downs, rate locks, closing costs, and design selections or options. “This is the time to purchase. We’ve already sold 37 out of 45 homes, so it really is the final opportunity available,” says James Summers, the community sales manager. “The neighborhood affords homeowners a unique opportunity to live in the heart of downtown Bothell, while enjoying a low-maintenance lifestyle. Many of these homes are right on Main Street, the most popular location. You can just walk out the front door and start walking around downtown Bothell.” Dawson Square is located next to the Bothell Library and blocks from the riverfront … [Read more...] about Community selling its final eight townhomes
Last month a new carpool formed in Renton, where young finance worker Winnie Chan hopped inside a black Mazda sedan, heading to Bellevue. “Is this the freeway?” the Bay Area native asked, as the driver entered the S-curves of Interstate 405. “It looks so small. It’s considered a freeway, right?” That stretch of highway was last expanded in 1984, adding a carpool lane to the two general lanes each direction. Traffic in the curves has doubled to 180,000 daily trips since then. Commuters paid their 26.4 cents per gallon in gas-tax increases since 2003, only to watch the state build lanes and bridges in other cities. Renton’s morning drivers must budget a full hour to be sure of completing the 13-mile trip to Bellevue on time. Finally, the southern I-405 drivers will get their piece of the action. Next year, the state begins a $1.2 billion, 11-mile widening project, to be completed in 2024 — part of $3 billion in work planned or proposed for the … [Read more...] about I-405 nightmares: Can they be fixed with $3 billion in toll lanes, interchanges, bus rapid transit?
Each weekday morning, thousands of Eastside commuters have to decide what’s more important, time or money. They can suffer in the crowded general traffic lanes of Interstate 405. Or they can choose the quicker left lane and pay tolls that average $3 — but reach the $10 maximum for at least a few minutes most weekdays. Now in their second year, the I-405 express toll lanes succeed for some people and fail for others. Kinks are still being worked out. Even drivers who don’t use the toll lanes save an average of five minutes in the morning for the 17-mile trip from Lynnwood to Bellevue, and the freeway serves more people than ever before, official reports show. But for residents of Snohomish County passing through, the former chokepoint in Kirkland has merely shifted north into Bothell. Just like the Interstate 5 slog into Seattle, trips on I-405 south into Bellevue sometimes still exceed one hour in the general lanes. That’s mainly because the state settled for … [Read more...] about The I-405 toll-lane experiment: How’s it working for drivers, and the state?
Animal events SAT “Clear the Shelters,” adoption fees by donation, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; Seniors for Seniors, adopters ages 60 and older fees waived for adoption of pets ages 7 and older, Monday-Aug. 26; Seattle Humane, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue (425-641-0080 or seattlehumane.org). SAT Adoption fees waived for all animals ages 3 and older, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Homeward Pet, 13132 N.E. 177th Pl., Woodinville (425-488-4444 or homewardpet.org). SAT 2-mile walk, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, $25; dog activities, vendors, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Bradley Lake Park, 531 31st Ave. S.E., Puyallup (southhillrotary.org). Auto events SAT Display of cars, food vendors, music, hydroplane display, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, ShoWare Center, 625 West James St., Kent; free for spectators (pacificcascademustangclub.org/annual-car-show). SAT Vintage, antiques, classics, hot rods, customs, motorcycles, featuring the Ford Model A, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Lucky Dog Casino, 19330 N. U.S. Hwy. 101, … [Read more...] about Community calendar: Homeward Pet, Chomp!, Wizard Festival and more